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Prepping For A Connected Future, Broadcom Delivers Two Enterprise-Grade Wireless AC Wave 2 Switch Chipsets

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Broadcom unveiled the BCM56060 and the BCM56160, two new Ethernet switch chipsets that are based on the company's proprietary StrataXGS architecture. Broadcom's new chipsets feature 802.11ac Wave 2, which offers speeds that exceed current gigabit Ethernet capabilities while also enabling more consecutive connections than the previous AC standard. According to Broadcom, the new chipsets offer faster wireless speeds and enough bandwidth for the network that overhauling an existing cabled infrastructure is unnecessary.

The BCM56160 in particular provides 2.5 GbE Ethernet access point connections for 24- and 48-port gigabit Ethernet form factors. To address fiber connections, 10 gigabit interfaces are included in the chipset, doubling the stacking bandwidth and allowing higher levels of Wi-Fi traffic.

Broadcom's new Wave 2 chipsets also focus on power efficiency. The BCM56060 provides 1- and 2.5-gigabit Ethernet interfaces and 10 gigabit uplinks within a smaller form factor and lowers power consumption. Because the BCM56060 was aimed at access points in particular, 1 GbE links are foregone.

Broadcom expects 2.5G Ethernet to become increasingly prevalent in the coming years, and the BCM56060 and BCM56160 illustrate Broadcom's preparations for the future.

The Broadcom BCM56060 and BCM56160 802.11 Wave 2 Wi-Fi Network Switch Chipsets are currently sampling.

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